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As a child, I remember several gifts that I really, really wanted for Christmas through the years.  As a little, little girl, I dreamed of Cabbage Patch Kids, then Barbies.  Had a whole bunch of those.  There was the year that I wanted a jewelry box – such a grown up gift for a girl of 9, but I got it.  And in middle school, I really wanted a jacket similar to a High Schooler’s Letter Jacket. Got that too.

As an adult, I mostly wish for practical gifts.  But versions that I wouldn’t normally get myself.  Quality gifts like KitchenAid mixers or a nice set of pots & pan.  But today?  As the part-time working mom of 4 young ones, I really, really, really want a cleaning crew to come in and take over my house!  That’d be a very practical gift and one I’m not likely to shell out for any time soon.

So, hi ho, hi ho!  It’s off to clean my house, I go!

For many people who are hosting guests for the holidays, they also want a clean(er) house by Christmas.  But if you leave it all towards the end, you’ll be overwhelmed.  So I made this 24-day list for them – just as much as for me.

In addition to the list below, I’ve also provided some links that may help you.  Some things are easily understood and not very complicated.  But other things?  Well, maybe there are some short cuts you can take to make it easier.  I’ve included some of those to help you!

Want a clean(er) house by Christmas? Little by little, day by day, you can get there with this 24 day cleaning chart! #holidays #entertaining #cleaning #home


12/1: Wipe down baseboardsBaseboard Cleaning Hacks from A Mother’s Shadow
12/2: Wipe down kitchen wallsThe Painless Way to Wash Walls from Life Should Cost Less
12/3: Light switches & wall plates
12/4: Dust door frames & doors
12/5: Wipe down bathroom wallsThe Painless Way to Wash Walls from Life Should Cost Less
12/6: Dust blindsHow to Clean Blinds (3 Ways) from Clean Mama
12/7: Clean door handles
12/8: Clean light fixtures – How to Clean Light Fixtures from Pop Sugar Living
12/9: Clean under beds
12/10: Dust ceiling fansCleaning Tip from Family Handyman
12/11: Clean kitchen cabinetsHow to Clean Grimy Kitchen Cabinets by One Good Thing
12/12: Organize pantry
12/13: Clean air vents
12/14: Clean out fridgeCleaning Your Fridge by Martha Stewart
12/15: Clean out freezerHow to Clean Your Freezer by Merry Maids
12/16: Wash out garbage cans
12/17: Scrub dining room chairsHow to Clean Upholstered Chairs by Clean & Scentsible
12/18: Clean dishwasherHow to Clean a Dishwasher by DIY Network
12/19: Clean out ovenHow to Clean An Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar from The Kitchn
12/20: Mop wood & tile floors
12/21: Scrub kitchen chairs
12/22: Vacuum/clean couchesHow to Properly Clean Upholstery by Creek Line House
12/23: Vacuum area rugs & clean underneath
12/24: Change linens on all beds

Happy cleaning!

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her on Instagram.

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  • Beatriz November 15, 2020, 2:50 pm

    very good your list excellent perfect, but what happens now is that nobody wants to pay for that work a lot of work and people want to pay little money

  • Diana December 19, 2020, 11:39 am

    Excellent post with good information. Thank you

  • Rebecca December 26, 2020, 2:41 pm

    Practical list for keeping up without getting overwhelmed, anytime you may host company. While some of the things on the list would be done more than once throughout the month, it’s a good reminder of the things that should be done just before company arrives.

  • Riley November 2, 2021, 3:13 pm

    This list is so great! I love that there’s only one thing to do per day. And the best part–I’ve already checked some of these things off!! Woo!! We had our upholstery and carpets cleaned this past week by our favorite professional cleaners so they are ready to go. I’m going to print this out and hang it on our fridge. Thank you so much!

  • Ella March 7, 2022, 1:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing this cheatsheet, it’s been very helpful! I’ve changed the dates on it so I can use it for my “spring cleaning” process, and I’ve even been able to get my kids to help out with some things. So far, I’ve dusted and wiped down everything and I also got a carpet cleaning, but I can’t wait to finish the rest of the list!

  • Linda December 31, 2022, 8:31 pm

    I would like of your list to clean up! Thanks!!


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